Kate del Castillo opens up about how her relationship with El Chapo Guzmán started. 1
Del Castillo also describes how Sean Penn got involved and why she decided to send the controversial tweet that started it all.
Many personal documents are revealed. 2
Del Castillo offered personal videos, family photos and an inside view of her intimate moments.
Kate's sister Verónica del Castillo also revealed some hard truths. 3
She even talks about when she asked Kate if she had slept with El Chapo.
It's surprising how detailed the whole account is. 5
Kate explains how scared she has been at times, how excited and hopeful at others. She talks of sleepless nights, crying fits and terrifying times. She also talks of pride and her burning desire to fight for equal rights for women and human rights.
She shows a handwritten letter from El Chapo. 6
Photos and other memorabilia of her ordeal take center stage.
The documentary dedicates a good amount of time exploring Sean Penn's involvement. 7
Kate explains how Penn got involved in the project and how until the moment they met El Chapo, she thought he was only interested in making a movie with her about the life story of the notorious drug dealer. During their meeting with El Chapo, the actor asked El Chapo for the now famous interview with Rolling Stone.
Kate maintains that Penn betrayed her and her lawyer gives a plausible explanation on how he could have been part of the efforts to capture Guzmán.
It's understandable why Sean Penn seems scared. 8
Penn is now fighting with Netflix over the documentary's premise, release, everything. “It is reprehensible that, in their ongoing, relentless efforts to gain additional attention and publicity, Ms. del Castillo and her team (who have zero firsthand knowledge) have sought to create this profoundly false, foolish, and reckless narrative,” Mark Fabiani, a spokesman for Mr. Penn, said in an email to The New York Times. "The notion that Mr. Penn or anyone on his behalf alerted D.O.J. [Department of Justice] to the trip is a complete fabrication and baldfaced lie. It never happened, nor would there have been any reason for it to have happened."
Penn's reaction is not surprising. 9
El Chapo was obviously taken with Kate and she blames the actor for the mess. But more importantly, if the druglord thinks Penn is partially responsible for his recapture, Penn could be in serious danger. We all know how criminals deal with betrayal. Sean Penn and his lawyers know well too; they even wrote to Netflix saying that the streaming service was "hereby on notice that blood will be on their hands if this film causes bodily harm." Oh boy!
"I don't want Teresa Mendoza's life," Kate said. 11
During the documentary, the actress addresses the people and media that said that she decided to interact with El Chapo because she became obsessed with the drug dealing world after starring in La Reina del Sur.
To all that she says no way.
Kate also reveals that she's well aware of how dangerous the whole situation was. 12
But she saw the opportunity to do a movie about the life of El Chapo Guzmán--which she has always maintained was the reason behind their relationship--as a way to promote her career and tell a story of the reality in Mexico, from a Mexican point of view.
The Mexican government is also seriously criticized. 13
In particular, President Enrique Peña Nieto and his wife, former telenovela star Angélica Rivera receive severe jabs. Several journalists who were interviewed for the documentary said that Kate del Castillo shouldn't go back to México until they are out of power. They also gave their versions of why she has been investigated by the government.
The documentary is an amazing piece of Latino history. 14
Beside Kate del Castillo and El Chapo, the film also gives a profound history of the world of telenovelas, Latinos in Hollywood, the effects of povery and violence, and what can happen when you defy powerful men. It's a must-see.